Celtic duo pen new deals


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Celtic captain Scott Brown has signed a new two-year contract with the reigning Scottish Premiership champions and defender Jozo Simunovic has extended his stay for a further four years.

Skipper Brown has been a mainstay of the Celtic midfield since joining from Hibernian for £4.4million in 2007, making 429 competitive appearances and scoring 37 goals.

The Scotland international has also won 13 major honours during his time in Glasgow and boss Brendan Rodgers believes the combative midfielder is fully deserving of his new contract.

“Scott has been a great captain here over many years and certainly in the period I have been here, he has consistently played at a very high level,” Rodgers said.

Croatian-born Simunovic has also enjoyed great success during his time in Glasgow, winning back-to-back Premiership titles following his move from Dinamo Zagreb in 2015.

Rodgers believes there is still more to come from the 23-year-old as long as he can stay fit.

“Jozo is a young player that, obviously there was a focus on his injury past, but this is a great arena for him to play and he is in an environment where he needs that development and once he is fit and trains and plays consistently, he is an outstanding talent,” Rodgers added.

The news of the duo’s contract extensions will come as a huge boost to Celtic ahead of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at Parkhead on Tuesday.

The Bhoys are priced at 12.00 to win, PSG are available at 1.20 and the draw is on offer at 6.50.

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